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United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
June 27, 2012, Decided; June 27, 2012, Filed
ORDER ON PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO COMPEL DISCOVERY;
ORDER SETTING DEADLINE TO FILE JOINT STATEMENT ADDRESSING ADDITIONAL DISCOVERY;
ORDER AMENDING THE SCHEDULING ORDER (Non-Expert deadline: 9/15/2012)
Plaintiff Raymond Guthrey ("Plaintiff") brings this employment discrimination action against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ("CDCR") and Michael Pate, Jr. ("Pate") (CDCR and Pate are collectively referred to as the "Defendants"). (Doc. 2.)
On June 8, 2012, Plaintiff filed a motion to compel responses to Plaintiff's interrogatories and requests for production of documents ("Plaintiff's Motion to Compel"). (Doc. 46.) Pursuant to Local Rule 251, the parties filed a Joint Discovery Statement discussing their positions with [*2] respect to Plaintiff's Motion to Compel on June 8, 2012. (Doc. 47.) On June 22, 2012, the Court heard oral argument on Plaintiff's Motion. (Doc. 50.) Counsel Shannon Seibert appeared in person for Plaintiff. Counsel Michael Gowe appeared in person for Defendants. (Doc. 50.) Having considered the arguments presented in the Joint Statement, arguments presented at the June 22, 2012 hearing, as well as the Court's file, the Court issues the following Order.
II. FACTUAL BACKGROUND
Plaintiff is a 56-year-old Caucasian male who subscribes to the Ananda Marga faith, which is based on the Hindu religion. (Pl.'s Second Amended Complaint ("SAC"), ¶ 9, Doc. 23.) Followers of Ananda Marga believe in allowing the hair on their heads, faces and bodies to grow naturally. Id. In observance of his faith, Plaintiff maintains a full beard and long hair. Id.
From 1984 until retirement in 2008, Plaintiff worked as a Correctional Counselor at the Sierra Conservation Center, a CDCR facility. (SAC, ¶ 10.) During that time, Plaintiff instituted a counseling program at the Sierra Conservation Center in which Ananda monks and nuns provided spiritual instruction to prisoners. The monks invited by Plaintiff wore turbans [*3] upon their heads as they taught principles of yoga and meditation to the prisoners in workshops. Id.
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2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89174 *; 2012 WL 2499938
RAYMOND GUTHREY, Plaintiff, v. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION, MICHAEL PATE, JR., Defendants.
Subsequent History: Motions ruled upon by Guthrey v. Cal. Dep't of Corr. & Rehab., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110862 (E.D. Cal., Aug. 7, 2012)
Prior History: Guthrey v. Cal. Dep't of Corr. & Rehab., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33782 (E.D. Cal., Mar. 29, 2011)
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